Portland Area Food Events, December 21-28

Pozolé is a perfect winter dish and is being celebrated in Portland on Thursday!

Each week we will bring you a roundup of public food events in the Portland metro area. It’s not every single event that’s going on, but the ones in particular that catch our eye. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

The Taste of Division and Clinton
December 1-31, 2017
Op-Wurst, 3384 SE Division, Portland

“OP-Wurst Hot Buttered Rum and The Hound Dog—a frankfurter with apple butter, peanut butter sauce, bananas and lardons.” Available all month. More information. More information.

Peking Duck Month
December 1-30, 2017; times vary
Departure Portland, 525 SW Morrison Street, Portland

From the Departure staff, this special month features:

  • The Peking Duck is cured in 5 spice, blanched in honey and Chinese wine, hung to air dry for 5 days, honey glazed and roasted daily, and served with a house-made cherry sauce, candied kumquats, scallions, hoisin, and cucumbers. It is also served with mandarin pancakes, encouraging guests to make mini sandwiches out of the feast.
  • The bits of meat and roasted skin left on the bones are removed and a savory duck fried rice is made with plenty of scallions and rendered duck fat.
  • To ensure 100% usage of the bird, guests start the meal with a cup of clear duck broth made from the ducks’ roasted bones.
  • For a final sweet note, a rich taste of creamy duck fat-coconut milk ice cream with marionberry sauce and buckwheat crumble closes the feast.

Call the restaurant at 503-802-5370 to reserve your delicious duck. Each meal is $106. More information.

Star Wars Wine Experience
Until Sunday, December 24, 2017; noon
Pairings Portland Wine Shop & Bar, 455 NE 24th Avenue, Portland

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

“It is a period of great thirst. Rebel wine enthusiasts, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil wine snobs. Little does Portland know that PAIRINGS PORTLAND has secretly begun construction on a new Star Wars-themed wine flight even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star!

That’s right: Pairings Portland is your only hope . . . of tasting eight wines paired to eight characters from Star Wars: The Last Jedi for just $25!”

More information.

Tazón! Pozole!
Thursday, December 21, 2017; 5-9pm
Tournant, 920 NE Glisan Street, Portland

Stop by Tournant to enjoy pozole, a traditional hearty Mexian soup made with hominy, stewed meat, and vegetables. “In many regions of Mexico, pozole is served only on Thursdays and is a wonderful excuse to gather friends and family around the table. We’re continuing this tradition at Tournant with Tazon (which means “bowl” in Spanish) on the Third Thursdays of each month–until it gets too hot for soup!” Bowls of pozole start at $12 and you can opt for pork rojo, chicken verde or verduras (vegan), plus tasty add-ins. No reservations necessary. More information.

Bake America Great Again
Thursday, December 21, 2017; 6-9pm
Pip’s Original Doughnuts, 4759 NE Fremont Street Suite C, Portland

Lindsay Strannigan and Bethany Rydmark are hosting a bake sale to benefit IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization). Treats will be for sale, made by local bakers, restaurants, and bloggers in Portland. There will also be a raffle with prizes from Parcel, Fifty Licks, Bowery Bagels, Stormbreaker Brewing, Never Coffee, The Portland Timbers and more—as well as tickets to see Hamilton in Portland. Note: 100% of the proceeds will go to IRCO. More information.

Winter Solstice Dinner
Thursday, December 21, 2017; 5-9pm
Ground Breaker Brewing, 2030 SE 7th Avenue, Portland

In honor of the solstice, Ground Breaker Brewing is offering a special three-course dinner with beer pairings:

  • First Course: Blood sausage, purple potatoes, red wine reduction
  • Main Course: Braised beef short ribs, stuffed pumpernickel roulade, black trumpet mushrooms, Brussells sprouts, red onion soubise
  • Dessert: Rugelach cookies with huckleberries and quince
    Imperial Darkness

Tickets are $37. The regular menu will be available alongside the special menu. More information.

Longest Night of the Year
Thursday, December 21, 2017; 5pm-midnight
McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, 2290 NW Thurman Street, Portland

“Come celebrate the winter solstice with us! We’ll be featuring a vertical Edgefield Barleywine taster tray and progressive discounts throughout the evening.” The discounts are:

  • 5pm-midnight: 20% off bottle shop logo merchandise
  • 7pm-midnight: 20% all apparel
  • 9pm-midnight: 20% off all McMenamins logo merchandise
  • 11pm-midnight: 20% all guest bottle beer and cider to go

More information.

Phat Santa
Thursday, December 21, 2017; 6-9pm
Alameda Brewing Co., 4765 NE Fremont Street, Portland

“We proudly present to you Phat Santa – a Holiday Beer & Cheese Pairing Party! There will be Artisan Cheeses from Steve Jones’ Cheese Bar and prizes galore. This is a holiday event you’ll forever forget!” More information.

10th Annual Brew Hog
Thursday, December 21, 2017; 6-10pm
North 45 Pub, 517 NW 21st Ave, Portland

Brew Hog features featuring 24 different brewers from October 12-March 29—December 21 features Coin Toss. There will be food like smoked ribs and other menu pairings from Chef Ashley. More information.

Festivus with NW Cider Brokers
Friday, December 22, 2017; 5-8pm
Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom – Alberta, 2006 NE Alberta Street, Portland

Imperial Bottle Shop and Northwest Cider Brokers are holding a Seinfeld-themed holiday celebration “for the rest of us!” They encourage you to dress as your favorite Seinfeld character—that way you can receive a $1 off cider pints during the event. They’ll also be be playing Seinfeld episodes, “airing our grievances around the Fes-tivus pole, performing feats of strength, and of course pouring a great lineup of cider from NW Cider Brokers.”

“Everyone who purchases a NWCB repped cider will have a donation to the Human Fund submitted by NW Cider Broker’s on their behalf, and receive an official certificate, and possibly even a black & white cookie. Look to the cookie!!!” More information.

Renegade Craft Fair
Friday and Saturday, December 22 and 23, 2017; Friday 2-9pm, Saturday 11-6pm
Pure Space, 1315 NW Overton Street, Portland

Find one-of-a-kind gifts, including food by local makers and enjoy seasonal cocktails while shopping. FREE to enter. More information.

FINEX Christmas Eve’s Eve Celebration
Saturday, December 23, 2017; 1-4pm
FINEX Cast Iron Cookware Co., 2236 NW 21st Ave, Portland

There will be bison chili from Wilderness Hunter, Stormbreaker Brewing ale, Pinot Noir from Durant Vineyards and non-alcoholic mulled apple cider, factory tours and shopping specials at this last Free Factory Store event of the year. FREE. More information.

Chef Matt’s Christmas Dinner
Sunday and Monday, December 24 and 25, 2017; noon-9pm
Urban Farmer, 525 SW Morrison Street, Portland

Enjoy a three-course dinner on Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day. Menu items include pumpkin risotto, duck confit toast, chevre cheesecake, pork saltimbocca, and more. $65—call 503-222-4900 for reservations. More information.

Raclette Night at The Wursthaus
Thursday, December 28, 2017; 5-9pm
Occidental Brewing Company, 6635 N Baltimore Avenue, Portland

If you like hot cheese and beer, this is for you. “David of Urban German Grill will be on the deck serving Raclette hot off the wheel accompanied with baguette, sliced ham, potatoes, and salad. Pair the cheese with one of our beers on tap or with a glass of wine.” More information.

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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.

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